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Multiple Factors Led Cavaliers To Scrap Kyrie Irving Tribute Video

Oct 19, 2017 10:22 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers decided not to air a tribute video for Kyrie Irving during his return to Quicken Loans Arena on opening night. The Boston Celtics will only make one trip to Cleveland during the regular season.

Several Cavaliers' players were upset by the idea of showing a tribute to Irving during the game.

Team spokesman Tad Carper said at halftime Tuesday they weren’t going to air the tribute video because they couldn’t find a time that felt appropriate, especially following the injury to Gordon Hayward.

Dan Gilbert was also involved in the decision not to air the video.

Irving was booed by the Cleveland fans throughout the game.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Kyrie Irving's Father Had Issues With Cavaliers During Most Of Tenure

Oct 19, 2017 10:18 AM

Drederick Irving, father of Kyrie Irving, refused to give Randy Mims five one day while leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers' locker room. Mims is an employee of the Cavaliers and a lifelong friend of LeBron James.

Irving said his father believed they shouldn’t be “fraternizing with the enemy” when he was asked about the incident by James and whether there was something wrong.

"I could care less. You can write it," Irving told The Athletic when asked about the incident this week. "It's on you, kid. It's your validity, baby. It’s just my dad. It’s not me."

Drederick was often upset with the organization throughout Irving’s six years with the Cavaliers. There were concerns about the roster surrounding Irving before James' return, as well as coaching decisions and how the Cavaliers handled his health.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gordon Hayward Unlikely To Return In 17-18

Oct 19, 2017 9:37 AM

Gordon Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night.

Hayward is unlikely to return during the 17-18 season, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein said.

"I was [at the hospital] for a minute last night and also again today for an hour or so. He's down," Brad Stevens said. "Obviously, there's a physical pain to it, but I think it's also doubled by the emotional pain of, you know, he put a lot of effort into trying to start this, his career, out well in Boston.

"But this is a setback; we're expecting a full recovery. And we know there are going to be a lot of tough days ahead on that recovery but, at the same time, hopefully he'll improve day to day. But it's been tough. It's been tough for him."

Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics in the offseason.

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Gordon Hayward To Undergo Surgery With Full Recovery Expected

Oct 18, 2017 5:57 PM

Gordon Hayward will undergo surgery to repair his left leg injury suffered on opening night at Cleveland.

Hayward and the Celtics reviewed his MRI results Wednesday. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Hayward will undergo his surgery on Wednesday evening. A timetable for his recovery will become more clear following the surgery.

Hayward has been diagnosed with a dislocation and fracture of his left tibia. Hayward was stretchered off the floor.

Hayward signed a four-year deal with the Celtics in the offseason.

"We're expecting a full recovery," said Brad Stevens.

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Gordon Hayward Suffers Fractured Left Ankle, Broken Tibia

Oct 17, 2017 8:39 PM

Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome leg injury during the first quarter of his regular season debut with the Boston Celtics. Hayward was diagnosed initially with a fractured left ankle and broken tibia.

Hayward landed awkwardly and the severity of his injury was immediately apparent.

The game was delayed for several minutes as Hayward was stretchered off the floor.

Hayward signed a four-year max contract with the Celtics in the offseason.

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Marcus Smart, Celtics Were Close On Extension

Oct 16, 2017 6:01 PM

The Boston Celtics and Marcus Smart were unable to agree upon a contract extension before Monday's deadline.

The two sides were reportedly close to a deal but Smart will instead become a restricted free agent in 2018.

Boston's concerns over the luxury tax contributed to their inability to agree upon a deal.

"It will cost them a lot more next year," Happy Walters said told Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

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Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Likely To Start Jayson Tatum On Opening Night

Oct 16, 2017 9:03 AM

The Boston Celtics will likely start Jayson Tatum on opening night as Marcus Morris continues to battle knee soreness.

Brad Stevens said Sunday that Morris will "be out here for the coming week-plus" and the team will re-evaluate him later this month to see when he might be ready for game action. 

Boston closed the preseason with a starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Tatum and Al Horford.

Tatum was the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Isaiah Thomas Believes He Should Have Sat Out Playoffs

Oct 11, 2017 1:23 PM

Isaiah Thomas believes he made his hip injury worse by attempting to play through it.

“No doubt about it, I should have sat out the playoffs,” he says. “No way around it, I made it worse.”

Thomas braced for surgery after he was shut down by the Boston Celtics during the Eastern Conference Finals.

“I thought I’d get it done in a couple days and start rehab,” said Thomas.

Thomas was seen by Dr. Bryan Kelly and was prescribed rest rather than surgery and to return for an MRI.

Thomas wasn’t recovering as quickly as he’d hoped, but he left New York encouraged. “It was a good appointment,” he recalls. “Dr. Kelly told me I should continue to rest it.”

Thomas jeopardized his health and earning potential by playing hurt for the Celtics only to be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

While Thomas was bitter about his exits from the Kings and Suns, he has a different sentiment towards Boston except for Danny Ainge.

“Boston is going to be all love,” he vows, with one exception. “I might not ever talk to Danny again. That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too.”

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Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Marcus Smart Hasn't Received Extension Offer From Celtics

Oct 9, 2017 8:06 PM

Marcus Smart would like to sign an extension with the Boston Celtics but he's yet to hear from the front office with numbers.

Smart and the Celtics have a deadline of Oct. 16th to reach agreement on an extension or wait for restricted free agency.

Boston could have traded away Smart this offseason to clear cap space to sign Gordon Hayward, but instead dealt Avery Bradley.

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Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris Found Not Guilty In Assault Trial

Oct 3, 2017 6:54 PM

Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris were found not guilty in their aggravated assault trial.

The Morris twins were accused of helping three other people beat up Erik Hood outside a high school basketball game in Phoenix in 2015.

The trial began on Sept. 18th.

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Tags: Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, NBA

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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Kyrie Irving: You Can't Put A Price On Happiness
Kyrie Irving went on ESPN's "First Take" on Monday and was asked about why he wanted to be traded by the Cavaliers.

ESPN (via Alex Reimer/WEEI)

Jaylen Brown Seeking Active Role In Union
The Celtics will need to appoint a new player rep following the departure of Kelly Olynyk to the Heat.

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Danny Ainge: Celtics Didn't Plan On Making So Many Changes
The Celtics will enter training camp with potentially 11 new players as they've overturned their roster this offseason.

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Morris Brothers Begin Trial For Alleged Assault
The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood in 2015.

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Terry Rozier Was Confident Celtics Wouldn't Trade Him
Terry Rozier was reportedly a sticking point in several rumored trades.

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Chris Paul Told Celtics, Warriors He Wouldn't Re-Sign During 2011 Trade Talks
The Celtics attempted to acquire Chris Paul by trading Rajon Rondo to the Pelicans.

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Jae Crowder Informed Mother Of Trade Minutes Before She Passed Away
Jae Crowder's mother passed away at the age of 51.

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Isaiah Thomas: Fans Need To Fix Perspective On Who Has Power
In a first person essay for The Players' Tribune, Isaiah Thomas wrote about how players don't have as much power as many believe in terms of choosing where to play.

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Celtics Leaning Towards Starting Al Horford At Center
The Celtics' optimal lineups would have Al Horford at center instead of Aron Baynes.

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Isaiah Thomas Could Have Suffered Torn Labrum Last December
Torn labrums are often initially believed to be a groin pull.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Danny Ainge: Kyrie Irving Will Be Better Passer With Celtics
Kyrie Irving's assist rate was over 30 percent in each of his first three seasons before the arrival of James.

Kurt Helin/Pro Basketball Talk

Celtics Sign Jabari Bird To Two-Way Contract
Jabari Bird averaged 14.3 points per game last season for Cal.

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Kyrie Irving Can't Wait To 'Maximize Potential' With Celtics
Kyrie Irving admitted he hasn't talked to LeBron James since the trade machinations began.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Cavaliers, Celtics Reach Final Agreement On Kyrie Irving Trade
Kyrie Irving will be traded to the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Boston Had Concerns About Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward Meshing
The Celtics considered trading for Jimmy Butler before the start of free agency.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

GM: Kyrie Irving Would Have To Become Top-10 Player To Equal Boston's Trade Cost
Kyrie Irving's trade return was the most impressive of the 2017 offseason.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Could Miss Most Of 17-18 If Recovery Doesn't Proceed Smoothly
Isaiah Thomas has a bone bruise in addition to his right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Vows To Return From Hip Injury As 'The Same Player'
Isaiah Thomas doesn't believe his hip injury will have a long-term impact upon his career.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavaliers Ready To Complete Trade With Celtics For Late FRP
The Cavaliers and Celtics began discussions on an amended trade on Tuesday.

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